• November 2009 - Volume 16, Number 11


    To take big bucks, these experts adapt their tactics to the breeding cycle.

    The verdict isn’t unanimous, but among deer hunters, it’s generally agreed that your chances of harvesting a trophy buck are never better than when the peak of the breeding season or “rut” approaches.

    November topwater action abounds at this Raleigh-Durham reservoir.

    As late summer turns to autumn, among the best spots in North Carolina to scratch the largemouth itch is Falls of the Neuse Lake.

    Around the corner from Death Valley, Lake Hartwell sports another growing trophy fishery -- one with whiskers.

    It would come as no surprise to be in the area of Lake Hartwell close to Clemson University and strike up a conversation about big cats.

    Success on Lowcountry public waters is there for the taking.

    When the sun rose over the Lowcountry during the first week of duck season last year, it was a big payoff for Matt Didelot of Summerville.

    Cape Fear grouper are there for the taking — at least for now.

    There was no doubt Barry Bobbitt had just had a strike. The tip of his rod bounced hard, but the pressure was gone before he could react. His was tense, anticipating that there was enough bait left on the jighead 100 feet below the surface to temp a hungry fish to return.

    Avoid the crowds and fish the marshes south of Charleston for great November trout action.

    It didn’t take much coaxing for Rawling Pratt-Thomas and Rob Bennett to head for home from when it came time to really get down to the business of guiding fishermen around Charleston’s inshore waters.

    November is prime time for reds and specks in the Beaufort area.

    The best shallow-water guides in the Lowcountry around Beaufort and Hilton Head agree that November is high season for both trout and redfish.

    These Graham hunters know the muzzleloader season is perfect for hunting the peak of the Piedmont rut.

    Families engage in many types of enjoyable activities, from picnics to vacations to reunions.

    Even wary, late-season bucks might have an Achilles heel. Here’s how to take advantage.

    If September is the best month to harvest does and October’s rut is the best chance to tag a buck, then what does that make the remainder of deer season?

    Stokes County continues to supply its share of wall-hangers.

    Stokes County arguably could be called the “buckle” of North Carolina’s trophy-deer belt, which stretches from Northampton County in the northeast to Ashe County in the state’s northwest corner.

    Nothing quite goes together in the fall better than live shrimp and speckled trout, especially in the Morehead City area.

    At a top-drawer lodge during turkey season several years ago, the host trotted out a sumptuous dinner of “bugs and spiders.”

    Michael Rodgers' season couldn't possibly have gotten off to a better start. He whacked this monster in Kershaw County.